February is the second month in the Gregorian calendar. According to Wikipedia, "The Roman month Februarius was named after the Latin term februum, which means purification, via the purification ritual Februa held on February 15 (full moon) in the old lunar Roman calendar." In ancient Rome, festivals were held to celebrate "the Month of Purification."
In Polish and Ukrainian, February is called luty or лютий, meaning the month of ice or hard frost.
And this month, why not purify, and warm, yourself with the sweet fruit and plants from nature?
Hibiscus and rose hip are popular tea combinations. The semi-sweet and earthly robust combination provides numerous health benefits.
Hibiscus may be used a laxative, but is known for treating loss of appetite, colds, heart and nerve issues, stomach irritations and circulation disorders.
Rosehip is an excellent source of Vitamin C, A and is a known cancer-fighting food. This flower fruit has been used since the stone age.
Between the two, this tea is a purifier, specifically for the heart as the color red fuels the life energy of our heart, blood and lungs. Interestingly, this tea is a perfect alternative for Valentine's Day.
Food is information. Skip the detox pills and go straight to nature, you're body's internal signals will recognize the wisdom that comes from whole foods.
Herbal Hibiscus Lemon "Purifying Love" Tea
Cook Time: 7-10 minutes
Makes: 2 cups
1 tsp dried rosehips
1 tbsp hibiscus tea
1 lemon peel (sliced from a fresh lemon)
1-2 tbsp frozen fruit (used about 4 raspberries and 3 blueberries)
1 packet of stevia (or cane sugar or honey for non-vegans to taste)
2 cups water
Bring the 2 cups of water to a boil. Place all the ingredients, except for the sweetener, into the water and bring it to a simmer. Cook for 7-10 minutes. Strain the liquid through a small colander and add the sweetener. Serve hot!
Elizabeth Rae Kovar M.A. is Author of her memoir, Finding Om and is a Fitness Trainer, Yogi, Reiki Master, Presenter and Lover of Life. To view her portfolio please visit www.elizabethkovar.com